Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Google Wave

Google has responded to the emergence of real-time Internet applications. Wave embraces this streaming interface by using e-mail and messaging as a starting point. In one fluid view, a Wave homepage includes short messages (Twitter features with pics), communication with large groups (like Facebook) and basic collaboration tools to engage with the content (instant messaging capability and attachments from e-mail). If you are invited late to a Wave thread, you can hit a replay button that allows you to catch up with what you missed—like Tivo for Web content. How cool is that? When this opens up, students won't mind being blocked from Facebook at school.

Google has opened Wave to developers, who can build tools and apps to run with it but the public will not have access to the application until later this year.

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